By Luke Brantley
WATERLOO — The Hackleburg High School Panthers shut down the Waterloo Cougars 34-0 on Friday night, Oct. 6.
Daughtry Gober scored the first touchdown of the game with a 16-yard reception. After the touchdown, Blaise Vickery passed to Austin Gerald for the 2-point conversion.
The Panthers scored again with just under a minute left in the first quarter on a touchdown run from Edge Weeks. The two-point attempt was broken up, but the Panthers ended the first quarter with a 14-0 lead.
The Panthers started the second quarter by forcing the Cougars to punt, but their next possession ended in a turnover on downs.
The Cougars were also unable to move the chains, and the Panthers got the ball back on their own 47-yard line. Gerald took the Panthers up to the Cougars’ 28-yard line, then Vickery kept for another first down.
A pass to Jaquan Reeder gave the Panthers another first down and put them on the 2-yard line. Cameron Ingram caught a pass for the touchdown to put the Panthers ahead 20-0.
Later, Ingram had a 47-yard touchdown reception, and Carson Swinney’s extra point kick was good, setting up the Panthers with a 27-0 lead going into halftime.
The Panthers recovered an attempted onside kick as the third quarter began. Starting from the 50, Gober and Davin Dulaney made a series of receptions and rushes to put the Panthers in good position to score.
On first and goal, Dulaney dove through the defensive line to score. The extra point put the Panthers ahead 34-0.
For the rest of the game, the Panthers held the line on defense and bled the clock on offense to lock in their 34-0 victory over the Cougars.
Vickery threw 15 of 21 for 162 yards and three touchdowns, while allowing one interception. Mattox Vickery completed one of three passes for 10 yards, allowing one interception.
Reeder made one rush for 25 yards, Carson Swinney made seven rushes for 40 yards, Blaise Vickery rushed seven times for 52 yards and Dulaney rushed 10 times for 96 yards and one touchdown.
Weeks also scored a rushing touchdown out of five rushes for 54 yards. Ross Hudson rushed five times for 17 yards, Gerald gained 22 yards over three rushes and Gober made one rush for four yards.
Reeder caught two passes for five yards, Seth Ables caught one pass for 20 yards and Gerald caught one reception for three yards.
Ingram scored two touchdowns and caught six passes for 61 yards. Gober caught six receptions for 83 yards and a touchdown.
This Friday, Oct. 13, the Panthers will host the Phillips Bears at 7 p.m.
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